Friday, September 11, 2009

[Gd] Beta Update

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Google Chrome Releases: Beta Update

The Windows Beta channel has been updated to

This release includes better international support and stability/bug fixes for the New Tab page and themes support.

You can install the current Beta channel release from

Anthony Laforge
Google Chrome Program Manager

Thursday, September 10, 2009

[Gd] Dev Channel Update: Bug fixes for Mac and Linux

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Google Chrome Releases: Dev Channel Update: Bug fixes for Mac and Linux

This week's changes for the dev channel focus on bug fixes as well as a new defense for cross-site scripting attacks.

Version: for Mac and Linux.

  • Reflective XSS filter for better security against a common attack.  See the mailing list post for more information.
  • Fixed extraneous horizontal scrollbars in Gmail (Issue: 7976)

  • [r25560], [r25475], [r25478] Tweaks to the Omnibox look.
  • [r25182] Fix zoom (green maximize) button. (Issue: 17472)
  • [r25380] Adjust color spaces so that Mac Chrome renders colors properly. (Issues: 2055219951)
  • [r25167] Don't show favicons or throbbers for the New Tab page on the Mac. (Issues: 1333720378)
  • Uploading images with "Hide extension" set does now work. (Issue: 20857)

  • [r25373] Add external protocol dialog for Linux. (Issue: 20731)
  • [r25100] Handle external protocols, e.g. mailto: links. (Issue: 20696)
  • [r25125] Fix crash when switching to a tab containing audio/video elements. (Issues: 20138, 19677)

  • [r25293] Added an auto-update now button to chrome://extensions page. (Issue: 17853)
  • [r25253] Fix crash on Mac when pressing "load unpacked extension" in chrome://extensions page. (Issue: 20860)

More details about additional changes are available in the svn log of all revisions.

You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here:

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at

Jonathan Conradt
Engineering Program Manager

[Gd] Ning Apps Launch Across 1.5 Million Ning Networks

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OpenSocial API Blog: Ning Apps Launch Across 1.5 Million Ning Networks

Today we released Ning Apps, or third-party applications based on OpenSocial 0.8, that serve as new, rich features for our 1.5 million+ Ning Networks and 33 million users. 

Thanks to OpenSocial and more than 90 Ning App developers, our Ning Network Creators now have an even greater choice over the features and applications they can add to Ning Networks to make them exactly right for a given topic, interest or passion. 

If you don’t know about Ning, we’re the social platform for the world’s interests and passions online. Through the power of Ning Networks, we bring the context of topics, interests and passions to social networking. We’ve been at work on Ning Apps in a private beta for a few months now and our Network Creators love Ning Apps for three key reasons.

First, with a single click, a Ning Network Creator can now add Ning Apps to expand the functionality of their Ning Network and increase engagement by their members. Most social platforms rely exclusively on members adding applications to their profile pages, but when a Network Creator adds a Ning App, that Ning App is available to all of the members of that Ning Network in a flash. This means that with one action, a Network Creator can make their Ning App available to hundreds, thousands or even millions of people instantaneously. This is a different – and we think better – approach to application distribution. 

Second, with the breadth of Ning Apps, the options on Ning Networks are infinite for Network Creators. Here are some examples of how Ning Networks can use Ning Apps to engage their unique audience in a relevant and effective way.

For Artist, Musician or Entertainment Ning Networks
  • Sellit online store to sell merchandise
  • Ticketmaster or LiveNation to sell event tickets
  • Qik to stream mobile video or to live video chat from a live event 
For Activist and Non-Profit Ning Networks
  • Social Giving by Pinc to support fundraising efforts
  • Marketplace Classifieds to allow people to post and search local ads for more volunteers and resources
  • BlogTalkRadio to host live radio shows
  • PollDaddy to rapidly gauge members level of involvement
  • Huddle to share workspaces and collateral
  • to schedule meetings and mobilize members
  • WordPress to display blog posts
For Sports Fan or Extreme Athlete Ning Networks
  • NewsShare to share highlights and stories
  • Emote to share real time reactions to games and players
You can see the Full Ning Apps Directory at

Third, Ning Apps are completely integrated into Ning Networks by design. Ning Apps support gadgets.skins, allowing them to automatically inherit the visual style of the Ning Network to which they're added. Additionally, each Ning App by default is designed to write to a member's Latest Activity feed, send messages on behalf of the member (via requestSendMessage) and drive distribution using a Ning Network’s default viral sharing options.

If you're a developer interested in more info, please check out our Ning Developer Network. If you're a Ning Network Creator, please visit the full Ning Apps Directory on your Ning Network to start adding Ning Apps today.

Posted by Jay Parikh, Senior Vice President of Product Engineering at Ning

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

[Gd] Extensions Status: On the Runway, Getting Ready for Take-Off

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Chromium Blog: Extensions Status: On the Runway, Getting Ready for Take-Off

Good news for extension developers: as of today, extensions are turned on by default on Google Chrome's dev channel.

Extensions are small pieces of software that developers can write to customize the way Google Chrome works. We've been working on enabling extensions for a while, but until now, they were hidden behind a developer flag. As of today, this is no longer true. If you're on the dev channel, you can try installing some of our sample extensions.

Removing the flag is the first step in our launch process, and it means we're ready for a few more people to start using extensions-- the kind of adventurous people who populate the dev channel. For this release, we focused on getting most of the basic infrastructure and security pieces in place, in particular our new permission system. However, you should still be cautious and only install extensions from developers you trust.

Going forward, we are working hard towards a release on the Beta Channel. The UI is likely to change as we bring it up to Google Chrome's high standard, and we're still finishing up a few APIs. We've also enlisted some help to get extensions up to speed on Mac and Linux.

From the beginning, we've strived to make extensions super easy to develop. If you'd like to give it a try, you'll find everything you need to get started in our brand new documentation. If you've already written an extension, make sure to read this post about some recent changes.

Posted by Aaron Boodman, Software Engineer

[Gd] [Libraries][Update] - Prototype

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Google AJAX API Alerts: [Libraries][Update] - Prototype

Prototype was updated to version

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

[Gd] AdWords Downtime: September 12th, 10am-2pm PDT

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AdWords API Blog: AdWords Downtime: September 12th, 10am-2pm PDT

We'll be performing routine system maintenance on Saturday, September 12th from approximately 10:00am to 2:00pm PDT. You won't be able to access AdWords or the API during this time frame, but your ads will continue to run as normal.

-Eric Koleda, AdWords API Team

[Gd] Beta Channel Update

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Google Chrome Releases: Beta Channel Update

The Windows Beta channel has been updated to

More stability/ bug fixes pertaining to the New Tab page, the omnibox, video tag, and themes support.

You can install the current Beta channel release from

Anthony Laforge
Google Chrome Program Manager